Field Guide: Scottsdale's First Thursday

Art walks are more often about people watching and shenanigans and less about the actual art. We're here to guide you through both. Presenting our very own Field Guide -- an evolving guide to art walks around town (we'll have another one for Downtown's First Friday tomorrow).

From time to time, we'll introduce some of our favorite spots and dish out some insider information. If you have any tips or tricks, share 'em in the comments section.

Here's a peek at our guide to Scottsdale's Art Walk for June 3:

And don't forget to take one with you! The download/printable version is after the jump.

A quick rundown:


Check out Emmett Potter and Spencer Hibert's Soyal Gallery. You might recognize Hibert's name -- we crowned him last month as one of our 2010 Big Brains. Featured this month are works from Miss Lotion and Grant Wiggins.

Lisa Sette Gallery is featuring Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe's Reconstructing the View. Last month, three of the gallery's artists were featured at the 17th Biennale of Sydney we convinced them to give us their impressions while in the outback.

Since it's Thursday, SMoCA is hosting their weekly free admission night. If you've been in the past couple weeks, there might not be anything new, but keep an eye out for their new exhibition Re-Imagining the West, which opens June 12.

And speaking of the West -- although in a much different tone -- If relishing in everything slightly awful about Southwestern art (including, but not limited to wooden bears and large oil paintings of Black Beauties in the sunset) is on your schedule, we might recommend a quick stop into Gilbert Ortega or the Naked Horse.


Our food critic, Michele Laudig, can't stop gushing over FnB. It's a solid spot for a glass or two of wine, or a few starters before checking out the art scene.

To catch some Thai food on Main Street, check out Maylee's on Main Street. It's a great place to appreciate some creative presentation or down some mouth-watering tom ka gai.

Last month, Urban 7 was passing out free mojitos and a good dose of popped collars and Affliction shirts. Maybe it's your scene, but you can't say we didn't warn you. Perhaps a better place to grab a cocktail would be AZ88, which has an espresso martini to die for.


Parking is usually a mess. There are a few public parking lots on Second Street, though your best bet may be to take a look at the trolley map and park along the route to avoid circling for a spot. 

Click here to download a .pdf of our First Thursday map. Happy Artwalk!

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